Retirement Blog

The Retirement Blog approaches the subject the way Gladys Kravitz from the old sitcom “Bewitched” might -- by poking a finger through the blinds, hoping to figure it all out, even the bewildering parts. The blog focuses on the financial issues that ordinary retirees might encounter, with an emphasis on topics like managing 401(k)s, IRAs, Social Security, Medicare and the rapidly disappearing old-fashioned pensions. Even if you have a couple of million bucks in the bank, you might find useful information here, but mostly we try to keep average folks up to date on what it takes to retire comfortably. See the latest Retirement Blog posts below.
Friday, June 15, 2012 5:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Many Americans will not have to take required minimum distributions at age 70 ½ if the Treasury Department gets its way.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:46 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The magic retirement planning number is 11 times your final annual salary. Only 30 percent are on track to save that.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:58 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

At least 20 percent of people older than 65 — some 7 million people — say they have been victims of financial fraud.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012 4:49 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Grandparents.com says its most popular discussion forum is focused on communicating with grandchildren who live far away.

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Monday, June 11, 2012 5:53 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Should GM retirees who are offered a lump sum take it, or should they stick with the pension and bet on Prudential?

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Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My friend and neighbor suffered a fatal accident recently when he blew a tire, and the load flipped up over the cab, crushing him.

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Friday, June 8, 2012 5:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

The pension landscape this week underwent a tectonic shift in California with the passage of two referendums.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012 4:06 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

What would you do differently if you were 20 and could start your retirement planning all over again?

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 5:59 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

A 50-year-old security guard at a large retirement community was arrested yesterday for stealing $150,000 worth of jewelry and silverware.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 1:04 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The 68-year-old CEO of insurer AIG, Robert Benmosche, says people are living too long to retire when they are in their 50s and 60s.

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